Bailey Kelley is a critical feminist media scholar and Presidential Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. She received a BA in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago and a MA from the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois Chicago. Honors include a Senior Fellowship for the 2018 Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy Fellowship and the Samuel L. Becker Award for Outstanding Graduate Scholarship in Media Studies (CV). Recent projects have focused on recipe sharing and remixed corporate cookbooks; the introduction of personal computers into the home; and the racial and sexual politics of Comedy Central's Broad City.
Her dissertation analyzes 21st-century television technologies — including YouTube, streaming services, and mobile devices — and explores the ways digital, networked devices and platforms interact with traditional modes of making, distributing, and watching television. Drawing on theory and methods from both television studies and media archaeology, this project takes seriously the epistemological and ontological questions surrounding material culture, specifically media technologies. Robust work from scholars such as Lynn Spigel, Amanda Lotz, Wolfang Ernst, Matthew Kirschenbaum, and Lisa Gitelman ground the conversation that this dissertation joins.
She is committed to community involvement by serving on political committees and social organizations, taking on leadership roles in the graduate student union, and supporting the Unitarian Universalist Society. Beyond her scholarship, Bailey spends her time cooking, camping, and enjoying her eastern Iowa roots.
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